04/17/2019 10:15 AM
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Logan Kennedy could never really afford to get too comfortable in one spot when he was growing up.
His father is in the Air Force, and Kennedy was born in Texas and lived there until kindergarten, when his family picked up and moved to Florida. In sixth grade, they migrated a little bit north to North Carolina, where the family has stayed ever since.
It's also how he got introduced to lacrosse.
"My mom and I were in the car and we passed by one of the fields where people were playing lacrosse, and I asked her what sport it was," Kennedy said. "She said, 'I think that's cricket.'"
Not quite, but after doing a little research, Kennedy got involved and played for the first time. Admittedly, it took him some time to get used to the novelty of it all, compounded with the fact that there weren't a ton of people around him who played it, but once he started playing more and more, Kennedy started coming into his own.
"I liked running around a lot, but it was still new to me," he explained. "It wasn't something that many people played at first, but it was cool telling people that I was playing a new sport. Eventually, I started thinking that it could possibly take me somewhere to college."
Fast forward a few years later, and that question was answered with an emphatic yes. The Team 91 Carolina 2020 and Holly Springs midfielder/attackman made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at in-state Barton, an ironic twist for a person who'd been on the move so much as a kid. The Bulldogs are only in their first year as a program, which means that there will be plenty of opportunities for Kennedy and the 2020 class - which also includes 91 Carolina teammate Sam Salisbury - to leave their mark right away.
"It's a brand-new program, which really fires me up. I love the coaching staff and the campus is amazing. There's a brand-new turf and a brand-new weight room, and I really loved the idea of building up a new program. You kind of embrace it and it fuels you to become better. Going with Sam is going to be really cool, too. He's one of my best friends and I think I might room with him, so it's cool to know what one of my best friends will be with me throughout college."
Kennedy has even stayed in touch with some of his friends from Texas and Florida, and some have gone from asking him what lacrosse is to excitedly telling him that some of their schools now have brand-new teams at their high school games. He loves meeting new people, and it seems like he's had the ability to make friends wherever he goes, so it shouldn't be a problem when he gets to college, either. His on-field improvement, to which he credits all of his coaches and particularly Dan Levy and Brad Wheeler, has also raised eyebrows.
"I’ve had the chance to coach Logan since way back in youth leagues," Team 91 Carolina director Nick Holota said. "Getting to watch his progression from learning the game to now committing to play at the collegiate is exciting and Barton is getting a kid who loves the game and is willing to put in the time every day to get better. We're thrilled for him to find a great home and we're excited to watch him play there."
Looks like that drive by the park all of those years ago worked out nicely.